NABU and SAPO have served a former Head of the Production and Technical Equipment Department of Yuzhnoukrainsk NPP (a part of “National Nuclear Energy Generating Company “Energoatom” SE) and his accomplice, head of two companies with notices of suspicion of embezzling UAH 12.3 million of power plant's funds. Their actions fall under Part 5 Art. 191 of the Criminal Code of Ukraine.
As established, in 2011-2012, the said official contributed to the victory of two commercial firms in a tender for the purchase of industrial air conditioning systems conducted by the NPP. The equipment was supplied at inflated prices as a result of which the State suffered losses in the amount of over UAH 12.3 million.
This is the second revealed episode of corruption at Yuzhnoukrainsk NPP. The first one concerned the embezzlement of almost UAH 28 million during the purchase of switchboard equipment. The case regarding 17 people is being heard by the HACC.
The total amount of funds lost by the state enterprise within the two episodes makes almost 40 million UAH.
According to Article 62 of the Constitution of Ukraine, a person is considered not-guilty in the commission of a crime and cannot be subject to criminal punishment until he or she is found guilty by court.